"" Running Rabbit: January 2010

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Glover Ready For Straight Jacket

The fact that Danny Glover is nuttier than elephant poop should surprise no one. But now, he's even topped himself, as the washed-up actor blames the Haiti earthquake on the response to the climate change conference.

While Pat Robertson is stuck in the 18th century, Danny Glover is caught up in today's version of believe in a pact with the devil, man-made global warming. When a silly unprovable superstition is your guiding philosophy you really are better off pretending to be somebody else; stick with acting Daniel.

Monday, January 18, 2010

24 More

The television show "24" kicked off another new season last night. Here are a few observations from the two hour season premiere.

*Jack Bauer can borrow the line from the Godfather movie, "Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in", as the show opens with the, now grandfather and retired Federal agent, seeking to travel back to California for a private security job by day and time with his daughter's family by night only to discover that he is the only man who can save the world yet again.

**This season there is going to be a battle between saving the world old style, and a tech-savvy wave of newbie agents who have all the latest toys and know how to use them, but lack the common sense and intestinal fortitude to stand up to their bureaucrat boss who is intent on declaring the told after the first of twenty four hours.

***Freddy Prinze Jr. (Chico's kid) is destined to be a Jack Bauer clone.

****The blonde newspaper reporter may not be in on the assassination attempt, but she is not to be trusted either.

*****Elisha Cuthbert (Jack's daughter Kim) is a painfully poor actor.

Pat(hetic) Robertson?

Mr. Robertson....... what can we say? Sure, there does exist the myth that such a pact was undertaken, in 1791. Chronologically that is three centuries difference, intellectually the belief in pacts with the devil and modern understanding of the workings of this universe is immeasurable.

I cannot agree with your stubborn adherence to mythology as an explanation for the workings of nature. But, I must say that you get high marks for your optimism; let's hope that you are right, and that the destruction leads to progress. It would have been far more appropriate timing for such a prayer if it came after all of those in need were found and helped first though.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Chicago Dems Set Racial Bad Example

Yet another case where Democrats have not moved toward a post racial mindset.

Chicago Board President race.

Dutch Treat Wilders To Censorship

Why did we we free the Netherlands from fascist rule during WWII? Didn't we have expectations they would want to live free, with free speech, for example?

I guess those Dutchmen have flown the coop.

Geert Wilders charged with hate speech.

Sure the man has strong opinions,.....

“Introduce an immediate halt on immigration for people from Muslim countries. Forbid the burqa and the fascist Qur’an.”

“Let us reconquer our streets. Let us ensure that finally the Netherlands really looks like the Netherlands. […] Time for the big clean-up of our streets.”

“There is no moderate Islam. Islam is as I see it is a fascist ideology.”

.......is there any other kind of opinion? If you don't believe strongly in what you are saying, is it worth speaking at all? Islam is causing problems worldwide. Islam breeds fanaticism. Mr. Wilders' views are the appropriate response to a political movement bent on taking control of every society on the planet.

Monday, January 11, 2010

365 Shorts

I found a new site, Joseph Cox is writing for fun, his goal is 365 short stories in 365 days.

Try this one: headcount@nile.com

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Reid and Disgraced Ex-President Clinton On Obama

*Photo of Reid explaining a portion of the health care bill, stay classy Hank.

Every time a Democrat implies that someone else/some other group is racist I recall that LBJ would not have been able to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964 were it not for the members of the other Party standing with him. His own Party was against giving the "Rights" which all men receive from our creator to the American citizens of African descent.

Now we learn that the old prejudices remain for the current Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, who described Barrack Obama during the last Presidential election as:

a “light-skinned” African American “with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one,”

The O needs to take his message of a post-racial nation up to Capital Hill and deliver it to the powerful within his, (and LBJ's), Party it seems. They didn't get the message in '64.

Disgraced Ex-President Bill Clinton also showed his contempt for the Senator Obama during a conversation he had with the late Ted Kennedy while attempting to secure Kennedy's endorsement of Hillary Clinton. Bill Clinton's lack of respect for Sen. Obama was such that he told Kennedy:

A few years ago, this guy would have been getting us coffee.

Oops. That spill is going to leave a mark.

These revelations come to light just days after a Democrat got noticed for circulating this photograph.

Now, clearly, the only thing more ridiculous than Clinton's belief that Obama could wait tables is to give him credit for being able to even shine Palin's shoes. Absurd. But, he could give a good speech explaining the obvious necessities of both functions.

Cindy ShameHam

Once upon a time a soldier died with honor, and ever since that day his Mother has worked to turn her grief into insanity. Job well done Cindy.

A long time ago, I was the Engineering Officer for an Infantry Battalion stationed in [what was then] West Germany. I did a lot of instructing and range training in the use and setting up of explosives, both for my own Engineer platoon and for the Infantry Battalion. That’s how I got my nickname.

Although I have never done it myself, I have been trained in the wiring of buildings for demolition and have seen it done. It takes careful planning and a lot of time to execute – usually months, depending on the size of the job. All the wires, and especially the Detonation Cord (Detcord for short), needs to be visible so that it can be traced, as crossed lines of Detcord can ruin the shot – either by cutting wires or by setting off other Detcord lines prematurely.

In the movie, Batman, with Heath Ledger as the Joker, his character set an active hospital up for total demolition within hours, and nobody noticed. No wires hanging free. No holes ripped in walls. The only sign of violence was my wife poking me in the ribs as I grumbled and growled at the farce I was watching. “It’s only a movie”, she urgently whispered. “Everybody knows it isn’t real.”

Well, I understand something like 30% of Americans think 9/11 was an inside job. I believe they are called “Truthers”. Apparently they get their training from Hollywood movies. An industry that specializes in telling lies convincingly.

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Friday, January 8, 2010

An Open Letter

The original video was removed at YouTube, this is the latest working link I have discovered.

A Carrot to: Powerline blog

Third Stone

I just received an email from my old friend Paul Moss. Paul, and his brother Steve were my classmates in junior and senior high. Steve died soon after graduation, a car crash, and is still missed. Paul went on to have a family, and now, along with his wife, Marcia, has a horse rescue in Kentucky.

Paul also was a drummer, and when I was last living in Louisville he was playing country gigs one night a week. Before that Paul and Steve, along with some other friends, had a rock band called Third Stone. I don't remember knowing about this group, but, then, I wasn't exactly the hippest kid around.

Paul email included a link to the MySpace page for Third Stone. The header for the email read, "A trip down memory lane...", and body read only, "The link explains all...". So, I had no idea what I was being directed toward until I clicked the link. What I found warmed my heart and made my day.

I'd forgotten how much Steve looked like Paul. But I have never forgotten what a great spirit he had; bright, outgoing, energetic, and a good friend too. Just like his brother Paul.

What a treasure I received today, what a trip to go back to those days.

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Only Man Officially Recognized As Double A-Bomb Survivor Dies

Coincidence, or just one very unlucky man? Well, if you consider that Tsutomu Yamaguchi survived both atomic bombs dropped on Japan at the end of WWII, and then lived to the ripe old age of 93; I would have to say he is one lucky man. That he experienced both nuclear explosions, with injury, and contracted a cancer that killed him, not so lucky.

The article linked here, suggests that his cancer was a result of contact with radiation exposure, but it took sixty five years for a cancer to surface and kill him, with so much time passing the correlation between the two is not clear to me.

Others were at both bombings? That makes me wonder why they did not also receive official recognition as double survivors? Did Yamaguchi's "shipbuilding" interests give him special influence? Governments work in mysterious ways.

Update: Found this list of very unlucky people, Mr Yamaguchi maade #1.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Follow Up To Kentucky vs Louisville Basketball Game

Kentucky won, which surprised no one. But, where many expected the Wildcats to make it a blowout they were actually in a dogfight until the end. A hard fought game on both sides, very entertaining.

This photo appeared in the Courier-Journal, and while these two appear to have a good natured rivalry going, any visit to the comments section of articles about UofL or UofK reveals the truth behind the print; both sides have an abundance of stupid fans. And, they seem to be the loud ones too.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

Past Decade Good For The World At Large

Ideals of prosperity, freedom and the rule of law have probably never been more resonant globally than they’ve been over the last 10 years, even if practice often falls short. And for all of the anticapitalistic rhetoric that has emerged from the financial crisis, national leaders around the world are embracing the commercialization of their economies.

Lincoln- Murder Artifacts Included In Museum Display

There it lay upon the white china, a little black mass no bigger than the end of my finger — dull, motionless and harmless, yet the cause of such mighty changes in the world's history as we may perhaps never realize.”

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Fear The Rabbit


MEZCAL | MySpace Video

Rabbits have long been underestimated ("Run away!!"), too many have learned too late, fear the rabbit.


"protector of the people"

U of L versus U of K Today

Today is the date of the latest version of the Louisville vs Kentucky basketball rivalry. I'll be watching intently from start to finish; so don't call during the game this afternoon, I'll be busy.

I left the following comment at the Courier-Journal this morning:

Looking forward to the game, this is always the most exciting day of the year (of the regular schedule), and it is the only time when I don't pull for the Kentucky Wildcats to win. I know, I know, some of you will be appalled at the very thought that I can pull for both squads, (unless they are playing one another), but that is how it has been for for over 45 years, I won't be changing any time soon.

As a kid, sitting court side with the U of L stats crew, I was privileged to see some the greats from both programs up close during the sixties. Issel, Unseld, Butch Beard, Mike Casey and so many others from those years would come charging at me as I sat behind one of the baskets with the men collecting all the data for that game. My only job was to run the mimeographed stat sheets to those seated along press row at halftime and the end of the game. The rest of the time I was free to enjoy some of the best basketball around.

Today, I'll acknowledge all the good play, but I say Go Cards!

The comment boards at the newspaper, and the level of banter within Kentucky, is often beyond spiteful; so I have made it my mission to be one of the voices that celebrates the sport. Those that resort to tearing down the other team, and its fans, serve no good purpose. I do not fear being the lone voice of reason within that wilderness. But, I also must report that others share my view. It is sometimes hard to locate them, the din created by the hateful and immature is almost overwhelming, but they do exist and the more I offer my voice the more I seem to hear others share their reasonable approach too. So, those of us who truly appreciate the game of basketball have that going for us; and that's a good thing.


This one is out of focus, make of that what you will.

GMTA- Put Congress On The Health Care Plan They Intend to Foist Upon Us

Echoing a doctrine placed before the Senate in July by Senator (and doctor) Tom Coburn (R) Oklahoma, Congressman (and doctor) John Fleming (R) Louisiana, has proposed House Resolution 615, which, if passed, would bind Congress to use the health care plan that is being proposed for the American people. If it is the right solution for the masses, it must be the best alternative for Congress. So, they should jump at the chance to be bound to it for their health care needs. If it isn't the best, or the correct solution, then they will have an incentive to make it right; they will only have that incentive if they must use it exclusively. Many thoughtful citizens expect we will all be forced to the public plan when private insurance companies are forced out of the market by the unfair business advantages afforded a government run health care provider. For, a government run system does not need to worry about the bottom line, (see existing systems Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid which perpetually run deficits), they just continue on even when profit (or even breaking even) is not possible; a private firm must make a profit to remain viable.

From Fleming's website:

House Resolution 615

Over the past few months, members of Congress and the American people have come to know the details of the Administration's proposed health care plan. Call it whatever you like, I believe this proposal is nothing more than government-run health care. As a physician, I am amazed at the number of bureaucrats in this House who are quick to claim a government-run health care plan is the reform this country needs. In response to this, I have offered a resolution that will offer members of Congress an opportunity to put their money where their mouth is, and urge their colleagues who vote for legislation creating a government-run health care plan to lead by example and enroll themselves in the same public plan.
Under the current draft of the Democrat healthcare legislation, members of Congress are curiously exempt from the government-run health care option, keeping their existing health plans and services on Capitol Hill. If Members of Congress believe so strongly that government-run health care is the best solution for hard working American families, I think it only fitting that Americans see them lead the way. Public servants should always be accountable and responsible for what they are advocating.

Together we will work to ensure that any plan that is good enough for American families is good enough for every member of Congress.

The Congressmen on this list have already signed on to the Resolution, if your representative isn't among them, get their butt in gear.

Post Script- I would expand the idea proposed by Sen. Coburn and Rep. Fleming to include all Federal employees. And, I would begin that transition by abolishing the current carrier for Federal employees. Let them all use the public plan Congress is proposing. Sounds fair to me.

The other option that would begin to satisfy the inequities between the options offered government employees and private citizens coverage opportunities would be to open the Federal employees' carrier's policies to all Americans. Let us all get the advantages our (government) employees receive, let us pay for insurance at exactly the same rates they are charged, let us receive exactly the same services they are granted. Equal opportunity for all, shall we say.